• HOME >
  • New Arrival at HOJO Online Shop

Pre-booking of Geng Ma Pu-erh tea made with green tea pan-frying style

[2017.05.12] Posted By

I have been aware that the naturally grown tea, in particular, the freshly plucked tea from the wild tea garden  gives very strong floral scent; moreover it has very less bitterness and astringency. In order to amplify these cup characteristics, we used special pan-frying method in order to dry the leaf swiftly and remain the flavor of the fresh leaf. Since we are delighted with the outcome, we wish to share some mao-cha on pre-booking basis.

Development of raw pu-erh tea that gives refreshing flavor

As we know, quality pu-erh tea gives pleasant drinking sensation with smooth and soft mouth feel. However not everyone immediately appreciate the flavor of pu-erh tea. One of the reasonss is that the flavor of the freshly produce pu-erh tea is very mild and gentle. We wanted to make its flavor to be stronger and more appealing so that more people start liking the fresh raw pu-erh tea.
We have spent some time to develop the flavorful pu-erh tea. One of our achievements was the long withered raw pu-erh tea that we explained in the previous post.
Nevertheless, this year, we developed another tea with special pan-frying method in order to bring up the refreshing flavor of the fresh tea leaf.

Pan-frying technique learned from making green tea

The pan-frying is to evaporate the moisture of tea leaf and let the saturated steam inactivates the enzyme of tea leaf. In Yunnan, most of tea manufacturers will set lower temperature, load a lot of tea leaf and tea is less frequently flipped, as they want to generate more steam and let the steam saturate longer in between tea leaves. This method is very effective and steady to inactivate the enzyme. Due to longer steaming effect, in most cases, the flavor of pu-erh tea becomes milder. (Though it is not a problem for normal raw pu-erh tea. )

Unlike the common method, we used the Chinese green tea pan-frying style for making the raw pu-erh tea. Our tea manufacturer used higher temperature, loaded less tea leaves and very frequently flipped the leaves in order to speed up the evaporation of steam. This method reduces the moisture of tea faster and it preserves the flavor of tea fresh. It is like frying vegetable in cooking. With a quick stir-frying style at higher temperature, vegetable maintains much fresher flavor and color. On the contrary, less flipping makes the flavor of vegetable mild and the vegetable will be wet due to water condensation.

The crucial part is to make sure inactivate the enzyme in the tea stems, yet reduce the moisture of tea leaf during pan-frying process. So far very few people in Yunnan tried this technique as it is quite difficult to manage. In addition, this processing method is not suitable for common tea. It gives very bitter and astringent taste, and the flavor becomes very greenish. This is because of for pu-erh tea, the plucking standard is normally 1 bud and 3-4 leaves while the leaf for making green tea is much younger (usually 1 bud with 1-2 leaves). Since the quality of fresh tea leaf is directly affecting the drinking sensation, it was very important for us to choose the naturally farmed tea that taste is less bitter, less astringent and not greenish but floral.

Use the tea collected from wild tea garden

After spending a lot of time to look for the right quality, we selected the wild tea garden (野放茶園) located in Geng Ma (耿马), in Lincang, Yunnan. Wild tea garden refers to the garden that were left in the wild growing environment for a long time and eventually tea trees are back to wild. In addition, the frequency of tea plucking is also an important criterion. We choose the garden that tea plucking is conducted only once a year. As tea trees spend a long time to grow, the distance between each leaf on the twig is very short. Those tea leaves are very rich in minerals and poly phenols content.

Unlike common tea, the fresh tea leaf from the wild garden gives extraordinarily strong floral scent even when tea leaf is intact. The floral scent is very appealing when tea is just plucked, while the tea from the common tea garden gives less floral but greenish scent. Honestly, I am happy to just directly put these fresh tea leaves from the wild tea garden into hot water and drink it as it is.

The trend on old tea tree is slowing down, while the naturally-farmed tea is on the uptrend now

In China, it has been a trend that people sought after the pu-erh tea made of old tea tree. In the past decade, everyone including manufacturers, farmers and customers were enthusiastically talking about the old tea tree. The word Gu Shu (古树) or Lao Shu (老树) (it means old tea bush) was used as a synonym for pu-erh tea in China. However, people started to realize that too many old tea trees are over fertilized.


The above photo shows the old tea trees that are huge but fertilized.

Through my observation, the trend of old tree pu-erh tea is now gradually slowing down in China. Instead, I observed that more and more people are looking for the naturally farmed tea. The price of fresh tea from those natural gardens using no chemicals and no fertilizers is steadily increasing. We often need to compete with other tea buyers in order to secure the desired material. In particular, the fresh tea leaf from those wild tea gardens is of high demand. Lately, there are increasing number of people come to Lincang region to search for the naturally-farmed tea. Nowadays, they show less interest on famous tea production area but to focus on naturally-farmed tea garden.

Clean and extraordinary long lasting flavor

This tea is suitable for further aging since the tea stems were well pan-fried and no semi-fermentation took place during sunshine drying process. Nevertheless, I love to share the mao-cha first since it gives fresh flavor. The flavor profile may differ depending on the water quality. I felt that the flavor of this tea was floral and very refreshing when I brewed this tea in Yunnan. Its flavor reminiscent the light-fermented Taiwan oolong tea. When I brewed it again in Japan it was like the famous Chinese green tea, Tai Ping Hou Kui. I enjoyed the subtle greenish floral note that lingers down throat.
Besides the distinctive flavor, this tea is thick in taste. It gives full-bodied and extra ordinarily long lasting aftertaste. One of our existing tea lineup, Ma An Shan raw pu-erh has been a very popular tea because of its strong body and aftertaste. The Geng Ma Raw Pu-erh tea gives equally bold and well-balanced drinking sensation. In addition, this tea has a clear taste. If you care about the clarify in taste, this is the tea we highly recommend.

Unlike common pu-erh tea, Geng Ma Raw Pu-erh Tea gives a little orangey liquor.

Pre-Booking for Mao-Cha

If you are interested to book this tea, please send us an e-mail, Facebook message or proceed the payment by the shopping cart below. As usual, you will get one more set for free if you get 5 sets. This scheme is applied for both 100g and 300g.The balance will be send for the compression. Tea will be available in June.

100g RM118
300g RM340


Weight



For oversea customers, please visit the following website for the price.
https://hojotea.com/en/posts-169/ ‎

In fact, the cost of Geng Ma Raw pu-erh tea is equally high as Ma An Shan. This is the first time we introduce this tea and we wish to share it with more people. As such, the price for this pre-booking Mao Cha is set lower than Ma An Shan tea. If you are a person who enjoy light fermented oolong tea or green tea and wish to widen your tea drinking experience to the next level to have tea with full-bodied and long-lasting aftertaste, it can be a good try.

 

Related Articles

How to get the latest update on HOJO Tea?

1. Follow Twitter, 2. Click "Like" on Facebook, and 3. Subscribe in newsletter. You can have the latest tea news from HOJO Tea.

Subscribe the Newsletter to enjoy the privileges
You may receive a free sample upon purchase, or you may have the priority to purchase special products. So please remember to subscribe our newsletter as well as the social network.
  •                 

HOJO TEA Online Shop NEWSlist

New Release of Da Xue Shan Wild White Tea 2020
We have launched Da Xue Shan Wild White Tea 2020, in loose tea. For Malaysia, we release the 200g cake version. This year, we have made major improvements in the raw material, producer, and production method, resulting in a very satisfying quality. However, the production volume is extremely small; it will likely to be sold …
Da Xue Shan Wild Raw Pu-erh Tea 2020 was Released
We have launched 2020 wild puerh tea. This wild tea is from Da Xue Shan located in Lincang of Yunnan Province, China. We started to introduce Da Xue Shan Wild tea since 2010. But 2020 version was completely renewed. This year, we changed the source of tea, the producers and the production method too. Why …

NEW ARTICLES

New Release of Da Xue Shan Wild White Tea 2020
We have launched Da Xue Shan Wild White Tea 2020, in loose tea. For Malaysia, we release the 200g cake version. This year, we have made major improvements in the raw material, producer, and production method, resulting in a very satisfying quality. However, the production volume is extremely small; it will likely to be sold …
Limited Release of Yunnan 10 Years Vintage Black Tea 2010
We release 10-year vintage Yunnan black tea. This tea was produced in 2010 and aged in Yunnan for 8 years in aerobic storage. We bought this year in 2018, and it has been aged in Japan and Malaysia for two years in anoxic storage condition. The production area is very near to the Myanmar border …
Da Xue Shan Wild Raw Pu-erh Tea 2020 was Released
We have launched 2020 wild puerh tea. This wild tea is from Da Xue Shan located in Lincang of Yunnan Province, China. We started to introduce Da Xue Shan Wild tea since 2010. But 2020 version was completely renewed. This year, we changed the source of tea, the producers and the production method too. Why …
High Mountain Purple Black Tea 2020 is Now Available
We have released High Mountain Purple Black Tea 2020. It was unexpectedly well-made this year. I am truly delighted by its outcome. About Purple Tea The High Mountain Purple tea is made from the specific type of tea, the locals called it “Zi Cha”, that means purple tea in English. It is a rare tea …
We have released the Flower of Ancient Tea Tree
We have released the Flower of Ancient Tea Tree. This is the fresh tea flowers hand-picked from old tea trees of ancient tea gardens. The tea garden is totally sustainable, with natural farming practice and no pesticide or fertilizer at all. The tea garden is located at altitude of 2000-2200m in the western part of …
Limited Sales of Single Tree Raw Pu-erh,White and Black tea 2019
We have released Single Tree Pu-erh Tea 2019. Literally, the single tree tea is harvested and processed only from one single tea tree. Each single tree tea is sourced from the high mountain in west Lincang, the altitude is at around 2000-2200m. Thick Taste of Old Tree We selected particularly old tea tree for making …
Lapsang Souchong Qi Zhong from Tong Mu Guan in Wuyi Mountain
We have released Lapsang Souchong Qi Zhong. It is the most premium Lapsang Souchong in HOJO’s line-up. This tea is from Tong Mu Guan in Wuyi Mountain. Qi Zhong is seed-grown tea tree, and tea garden is totally sustainable. Unlike ordinary black tea, this unique black tea gives strong fruity flavor  reminiscent of peaches and …
Amazing difference between seedling tea and cultivated tea
Do you know that tea is divided into two groups: cultivated tea propagated by cuttings, and seedling tea grown from seed?There is actually a big difference between cultivated tea and seedling tea. What is Cultivar? The cultivated tea refers to tea with a name of specific cultivar, such as Yabukita, Benifuki, Okumidori, Tie Guan Yin, …
Da Cha Lin Raw Pu-erh Tea 2019 is available in our store
We have released two types of unique raw pu-erh tea, Da Cha Lin Raw Pu-erh Tea and Da Cha Lin Purple Tea. Da Cha Lin means the forest of huge tea tree. Literally, Da Cha Lin is made from huge ancient tea trees which supposed to be processed for single tree tea. It gives outstandingly …
Limited Release of Special Taiwan Oolong Tea
In 2019, we bought three types of special Taiwan oolong tea in addition to our standard line-ups. These teas are the limited tea since we may not be able to get the same quality tea every year. Introducing the unique tea as a special grade Every year we visit Taiwan and conduct tea tasting to …

PAGETOP